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Fantastic finish earns crown
CBFO NFC Jr. Midgets rally in closing seconds to claim county title

Trailing 12-0 midway into the fourth quarter, Eddie Neely’s CBFO NFC Junior Midgets made a dramatic comeback capped by a series of clutch plays to win the Knox County Metro Youth Football crown.

CBFO rallied to edge Gibbs 14-12 in the title game Monday, Nov. 5, at John Tarleton football complex.

A seven-yard touchdown pass from Tavis Shuler to Shawn Malchoff with only 12 seconds to play tied the game 12-12. “A guy drapped all over him, he made a great catch,” Neely said. “It was a great pass.”

Aaron Blanche, who didn’t even play until early in the fourth quarter, ran in the winning two-point conversion, as CBFO finished the season with an 8-2 record.

Blanche converted a clutch fourth-down-and-long situation earlier in the drive with a run where he reversed his field to pick up the first down.

Another key conversion came on third-and-28 when Blance threw a “great pass” to Ryan Weaver for 21 yards. “The guy was all over him,” Neely said of Weaver’s catch.

CBFO held Gibbs on downs deep in its own territory to begin the comeback.

Neely said this was the second time his team rallied from a double-digit deficit to win late in the fourth quarter, coming from 13-0 down “with about three minutes to play” to beat Powell.

“They never give up, they never have all season,” the coach said. “It was an incredible comeback.”

Neely said he was especially proud of fullback/linebacker Nick Henningson, who he called “the heart and soul of this team, he hits somebody every play.”

CBFO avenges a regular season loss to Gibbs.


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